The south-east is set to benefit from the arrival of 21 cruise vessels to the Port of Waterford this season.
The cruise tourism season, which operates from April to October, will offer the regional economy a boost to the tune of €2,550,000 over the course of welcoming 21 cruise visits with a total of 25,755 visitors on board and some 12,049 crew.
The cruise calls will be welcomed at both the Port of Waterford at Belview and at the Dunmore East harbour, which is operated by the Department of Agriculture and the Marine.
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Visitors from each of the vessels will alight at Belview and travel to attractions across the south-east, and at Dunmore East they will travel ashore via tender boats where they will then continue on to the Waterford Treasures Museum collection in the city's Viking Triangle, Waterford Crystal, the UNESCO World Heritage site at the Copper Coast, ancient abbeys such as the Rock of Cashel, and the likes of Kilkenny Castle.
The first vessel, the Maud, is set to arrive on the 28 April and will carry 528 passengers and 300 crew. The season will also see the Celebrity Apex visit twice during the summer, carrying 3,405 passengers and 1,320 crew members.
Statement By Harbour Master
Harbour Master Capt. Darren Doyle said, "We are delighted to welcome visitors from all over the world to the south-east region during our cruise business season.
"At the Port of Waterford we look forward to facilitating this vital tourism revenue stream for the entire Southeast region and we look forward to continuing to work with all of the key stakeholders in order to promote the wonderful visitor destination that is this corner of Ireland's Ancient East."
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